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DNS – Course “B” – Toronto 2019

November 22 @ 8:00 am - November 24 @ 5:00 pm EST

$895 – $1095

General Course Objectives

DNS Course "B" attendees will develop a clear understanding of:

  • Developmental kinesiology basic principles; ontogenesis during the first year of life, relationship between early ontogenesis and pathology of the movement system in adulthood (Course “A” review)
  • Primitive reflexes, postural activity, postural reactions: its importance in assessment, early identification of abnormal development
  • Assessment of newborn and babies during the first year of life, developmental age determination, practical & video demonstration
  • Assessment of spinal, chest and pelvic stabilization, assessment of breathing stereotype using the DNS tests. Advanced modification of the DNS tests, practical details in clinical evaluation. Practical demonstration with adult patients.
  • Basic principles of reflex locomotion and its application within the DNS: RT1, RT2, RC and 1st position
  • DNS therapeutic approaches training optimal sagittal core stabilization. DNS active exercise based on reflex locomotion principles and developmental positions. Review of the basic treatment positions demonstrated in course “A”, demonstration and practical workshop of advanced positions & modifications.
  • How to integrate the DNS with other rehabilitation approaches: myoskeletal mobilization and relaxation techniques
  • Cortical function & dyspraxia: assessment of body scheme; how to integrate cortical control within the DNS training.
  • Patient’s education and DNS self-treatment.
  • Parent’s education in proper baby handling
  • Getting ready for the DNS course "C"

Learning Outcomes

Course attendees will learn:

  • Skills to utilize basic and advanced tests to evaluate the stabilizing system of the spine and breathing stereotype
  • Skills to integrate basic principles of reflex locomotion within the DNS techniques
  • Skills to utilize advanced developmental positions in active treatment of the stabilizing system of the spine and in patient’s education
  • Skills to determine developmental age and recognize signs of abnormal early development
  • Skills to assess quality of cortical function
  • Skills to integrate developmental principles within other rehabilitation approaches.

With the above knowledge and skills, the attendee should be able to clinically apply these principles for:

  • Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system including vertebrogenic and radicular pain & painful syndromes resulting from chronic overload
  • Treatment of functional pathology of the locomotor system resulting from poor early development.
  • Proper handling of babies

About Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

The nervous system establishes programs that control human posture, movement and gait. This ‘motor control’ is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the “Prague School” emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.

The “Prague School” of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors’ Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele.

Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors, Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).

About the Instructor

Zuzana Suzan is a physiotherapist at the Rehabilitation Clinic, University Hospital Motol, 2nd School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She is a lecturer at Charles University, 2nd School of Medicine, where she teaches physical therapy to the students of the physiotherapy undergraduate program as well as to medical students.

Zuzana achieved her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 2003, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2006, she completed a course in Reflex Locomotion according to Vojta focusing on the treatment of adult patients.

From 2003 until 2011, Zuzana Suzan worked as a full-time member of the rehabilitation staff at the Rehabilitation clinic, University Hospital Motol in Prague. She has extensive experience in functional assessment and the treatment of patients with neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic diagnoses. She is also experienced with paediatric clients. She worked at both the inpatient and outpatient departments at the Motol rehabilitation Clinic as well as at the Spinal Unit and Pain Management Centre.

Since 2013, Zuzana Suzan has been working at Professor Kolar’s private rehabilitation clinic, “Centre of Movement Medicine”.

Zuzana works closely under the mentorship of Professor Pavel Kolar, and is an expert in the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization approach. Zuzana has been an instructor in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization since 2005. She teaches DNS courses in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and numerous other European countries, as well as Asia and North America.


About the Instructor

Dr. Michael Maxwell has been a fitness, health, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapy nerd since 1998. As a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and Chiropractor, he has sought out key mentors, courses, and conferences to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to help his clients and patients.

Frustrated by the lack of practical knowledge and skills provided in his Exercise Science undergraduate degree, and inspired by the extra-curricular conferences and courses he had previously attended, Dr. Maxwell began facilitating workshops and seminars that featured practical, hands-on content, taught by industry leaders. This is what led to the formation of Somatic Senses Education. Since 2003, Dr. Maxwell has organized well over 250 continuing education courses throughout Canada featuring industry leaders such as Lorimer Moseley, Donald Murphy, Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar and the outstanding Prague School Physio’s, Clayton Skaggs, Brett Winchester, Michael Shacklock, Dale Buchberger, Jack Miller, Clare Frank, Robert Lardner, Mark Finch, Charlie Weingroff, and many more! His mission is simple: provide evidence-informed, practical and world-class continuing education featuring industry leading clinicians, educators, and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of patient care!

Dr. Maxwell has served as an assistant instructor for many of the courses and instructors he has worked with and has presented in Canada and the United States on movement-based care, rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is a Certified Instructor for Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Pavel Kolar. Through his consistent and exceptional exposure to some of the worlds most recognized clinicians and educators, 20 years in the trenches helping clients and patients reach their goals, and his dedication to providing exceptional and comprehensive care in clinical practice, Dr. Maxwell is well positioned to provide outstanding continuing education. And more importantly, he is honoured to do so.

 Dr. Maxwell currently works with a variety of patients including recreational and elite athletes, and the non-athlete looking for fast results combined with long-term strategies for improved function and pain resolution.


Course Outline


12:30 – 14:00     Developmental Kinesiology & ontogenesis – review of the basic principles

14:00 – 14:15   Coffee break

14:15 – 15:45   Primitive reflexes, postural reactions & postural activity during the first year of life

15:45 – 16:00   Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30   Functional assessment during the first year of life – demonstration of babies & video demonstration

17:30 – 18:00   Distinguish physiological and pathological development; central coordination disturbance; determine the developmental age; proper baby handling



8:00 – 9:15      Distinguish physiological and pathological development; central coordination disturbance; determine the developmental age; proper baby handling cont.

9:15 – 9:30     Coffee break

9:30 – 11:00       Optimal spinal stabilization  review of the basic DNS tests

11:00 – 11:15     Coffee break

11:15 – 12:45     Workshop: Additional and advanced DNS tests

12:45 – 13:45     Lunch

13:45– 15:15      Cortical function:  Body scheme assessment and treatment approach

15:15 – 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00     Workshop: Mobilization and relaxation techniques based on developmental kinesiology principles



8:00 – 9:30     Active exercise prescription based on developmental & reflex locomotion positions

9:30 – 9:45   Coffee break

9:45 – 11:15   Workshop: DNS active exercise

11:15 – 12:00  Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

12:00 – 13:00   Lunch

13:00 – 15:00  Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

15:00 – 15:15   Coffee break

15:15 – 16:30   Workshop: Advanced positions for active exercise. Patient’s education

*Note: This is an approximate schedule and is subject to change.

Additional Information

DNS Course "A" is the prerequisite to attend this course.
Registration price includes Prague School fee, a value of 80 Euros.
Snacks and coffee breaks included (Lunch is on own).
Electronic Hand-outs provided.
A Certificate of ATTENDANCE will be awarded by local instructor.


November 22 @ 8:00 am
November 24 @ 5:00 pm
$895 – $1095


Zuzana Suzan, MPT


The Movement Lab
3611 Mavis Rd., Unit 11
Mississauga, Ontario L5C 1T7 Canada
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